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Registered unemployment rate down to 12.9% in April


The registered unemployment rate stood at 12.9% at the end of April, the Central Statistical Office (GUS) reported. This is 0.4 p.p. lower than in March but 0.1 p.p. higher than in the corresponding month of 2011.

In the analysed period, just over 2.07 million Poles were registered as unemployed, a decrease of 69,300 in relation to one month earlier and 29,100 more than in April 2011. The highest unemployment rates were noted in the voivodships of Warminsko-Mazurskie (20.4%), Zachodniopomorskie (17.9%), Kujawsko-Pomorskie (17.4%), Lubuskie and Podkarpackie (15.7%), and Swietokrzyskie (15.4%). The lowest rates were recorded in Wielkopolskie (9.6%), Mazowieckie (10.4%), Slaskie (10.7%) and Malopolskie (11%).

At the same time, GUS data showed a significant decline in the number of job offers submitted by employers to labour offices, to 74,600, down from 86,900 in March (and compared to 78,400 in April 2011).

We forecast that at the end of 2012 the official jobless rate will amount to 12.9%.

See also the news item "LFS unemployment rate up to 10.5% in Q1".

Registered unemployment rate in Poland (%), April 2011-April 2012

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